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Agile + DevOps East 2019 - Agile Practices

Wednesday, November 6

Ryan Ripley
Independent Consultant

Fixing Your Scrum - Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Broken Scrum practices limit your organization’s ability to take full advantage of the agility Scrum should bring: the development team isn’t cross-functional or self-organizing, the product owner doesn’t get value for their investment, and stakeholders and customers are left wondering when something—anything—will get delivered. Learn how experienced Scrum masters balance the demands of these three levels of servant leadership, while removing organizational impediments and helping Scrum teams deliver real-world value. Discover how to visualize your work, resolve impediments, and empower...

Kimberly Davis
ASRC Federal

Small Batch Sizes Enable Everything—Even in the Government

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Lean practices teach us that small batch sizes optimize flow of value to market. Small batch sizes also help organizations focus on building quality into systems by enabling the power of continuous integration, encouraging faster feedback cycles, increasing our ability to debug, emphasizing a focus on simplicity, decreasing lead and cycle time, and discouraging "snowplowing" testing efforts. These practices are critical for building quality into our products. In the government sector, it also enables the alignment of traditional cost accounting methods, such as earned value...

Christina Ambers
Thomson Reuters

Enter the Agile Dojo

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The dojo is an experiment-rich environment for the team that encourages adding pieces and tools as needed, pushing experimentation, and learning first. What makes this dojo special is how adaptive it can be, considering teams no longer are all collocated. By using simple tools like a good camera, open call, and a free tool to display work, teams can collaborate across the world. The goal of the dojo is fourfold: Improve individuals and interactions, deliver working software, collaborate with customers, and respond to changes quickly. We'll talk about how agility can be applied to various...

Thursday, November 7

Mark Kilby

Agile Actions for Facilitating Distributed Teams

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:00am

Facilitating distributed team meetings can feel like having one arm tied behind your back and one eye covered. But you can free yourself of these constraints using other agile practices. We struggle with meeting tools and keeping people engaged online, but what if we collaborate with our teams to get the most value out of meetings? If we leverage pairing, mobbing, and other practices, we can facilitate successful outcomes with our teams. Mark Kilby will describe a few distributed team patterns, explain how you can adapt the concepts of pairing and mobbing to help support your facilitation...

Dan Neumann

Agile Assessment: Helpful Remedy or Harmful Toxin?

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Agile is a set of values and a mindset. As such, it can be hard to answer questions that leaders often ask, like: How agile are we? Are we getting more agile? What are the growth opportunities for our team? Many organizations use assessments to determine their level of agility. Dan Neumann will introduce several assessment approaches and tools that, like medicine, can be toxic when used incorrectly. We will explore the merits, potential uses, and possible downsides of each approach. Dan will help you understand more about your options for framing an assessment that fits your needs...

Jim Collins
CUNA Mutual Group
Amanda  Palovcsik
CUNA Mutual Group

Using Lean XP to Supercharge Your Agile Delivery

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Most teams that do agile development start with Scrum. And why not? Scrum is a proven method for focusing your team, ensuring that work adds value, and minimizing the risk with release. Then, after awhile, Scrum becomes stagnant. There are no more speed increases, and the team focuses more on ceremonies than delivery. At this point, Extreme Programming (XP), and Lean XP in particular, is the next step in agile maturity. Lean XP means developing software at the last possible moment ("just-in-time development") using one-week sprints, test driven development, pairing at all levels,...

Jagdish Karira
Ciber Global, LLC

Agile Metrics: Let NUM8ERS Tell the Story

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 4:45pm to 5:45pm

Agile and DevOps metrics and dashboards enable agile teams and their leaders to measure time to market, quality, productivity, predictability, employee engagement, and customer satisfaction. But the key focus of these metrics should be on the value delivered to customers. Instead of measuring what or how much we are doing, we have to look beyond vanity metrics and measure actionable metrics. Jagdish Karira will provide a practical approach for collecting metrics that enable transparency and help product teams transform their processes. He'll describe twelve metrics in detail, with...